I haven’t done a post like this in a while, and when I look back at my other one things have changed a lot! There’s only one product that I’ve found that I’ve liked enough to keep consistent over the past year and a bit, but otherwise things have changed up a lot!
Now that my pale winter skin has set in the flaws and imbalances in my skin are so much more prominent and they drive me crazy. I am a huge fan of John Masters Organics’ hair product line, so it was only natural for me to try out some of their skin care. The Bearberry Skin Balancing Face Serum was the first thing I reached for and both my boyfriend and I are happy with the results we’ve seen so far!
I have a confession: I have been incredibly cruel to my hair. In the past three years I have gone from the darkest of chestnut browns to a medium blonde and back again several times. This last time I took my long hair from an almost black brown to a dark blonde. Don’t even get me started on the number of shades my colourist managed to get my hair to change. She’s amazing. And she did her best to protect my hair….but it’s unhappy. And rightfully so.
I have been re-vamping my hair care routine to accomodate this new hair texture and quality and it took a while, but I think I finally have the right balance between cleanliness and moisture. The major player in this equation is John Masters Organics’ Lavender and Avocado Conditioner. It was exactly what I needed in this time of hair drought.
I have been wanting to try a few sea salt sprays since they became popular a few years back, but I only got around to it recently when I discovered John Masters Organics. After the first use of this product I knew that we would be friends forever!
It has been a bit of a journey, but I think I’ve finally found a good balance of hair care products that work well for my hair and have honestly given me the best hair I’ve had in my adult life. I never thought I’d say this, but my hair feels softer, healthier and looks more smooth and has better shine than it ever did with conventional products or even the expensive salon-grade products. Even though I have dyed my hair repeatedly for years, and have gone from very light blonde to very dark brown and back again several times, my hair now air-dries without any frizz. I definitely couldn’t boast about that with my salon brands.
The transition from salon to natural products wasn’t pretty. I nearly quit to go back to salon products so many times I can’t even count. But now that I’m on the flip side (nearly two months later) I can honestly say I’d never go back. I no longer expect my shampoo to lather like crazy, and understand that my hair can be just as clean without the stripping sulfate ingredients. Like I’ve said, my hair has never been healthier. Why would I go back?
If you’ve read my previous post on reviewing the Rose Milk Hair Treatment by Lavera you’ll know that I’m a big advocate for hair masks. There is so much out in the skin care industry to support proper skin care with masks, serums, creams, oils, scrubs, you name it but when it comes to hair products, most people stick to shampoos and conditioners. You spend that time cleansing, protecting and moisturizing your skin, you owe it to your hair to do the same!
Although I do like the Lavera hair mask, I am always looking for new products to try. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to do a hair treatment more than once a week, right? So long as it doesn’t weigh your hair down too much, I suppose. When I found a natural beauty store an easy five minute bicycle ride from my house I was thrilled, and then when I discovered it carried John Masters Organics….well, let’s just say it made me very happy. I purchased the Citrus and Neroli Detangler (review) because it works so well for my hair and is worth the price, and the Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor.
As stated in my previous posts, my inner diva comes out in full force when I’m dealing with my hair. In an effort to get away from my stripping sulphate laden shampoo and silicone coating conditioners I am working on the transition to shampoo bars. The one that I have been trying so far (https://ecodivablog.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/shampoo-bars/) I am unimpressed with. Sure, it’s just oils but it was really stripping my hair almost as badly as the SLS shampoo. After the adjustment period was over, my hair no longer felt waxy. It felt dry and straw-like. A far cry from the healthy, shiny, silky hair I had a few weeks ago. I knew that transitioning to natural products for my hair would be a bit of a battle anyway. I have very high expectations for my hair, and the current conditioner I use makes it the healthiest I have ever experienced. My hair care routine has been the exact same for years.